Penrith boss Matt Henney admitted to being utterly embarrassed after his side had gone down 3-0 against Ashington at Frenchfield Park on Saturday.
A disappointed Henney said: “I thought the best team won. I don’t know what has happened today with my lads, certainly they didn’t hit the standards which they have shown the last few games.
“They go to North Shields and put in a good performance and have a similar showing at home to Guisborough, yet play as poorly as they did today.
“I cannot put my finger on it, but I was utterly embarrassed at the performance from minute one, and that’s strong criticism from me because the lads know what I think of them.
“I have never seen us play so inept since I have been here at the club.
“There was no urgency and I thought Ashington looked up for it more, they were winning the first and second balls.
“They are a big and strong side who were direct and we just couldn’t cope.”
Henney was extremely disappointed as following Ashington’s second and decisive goal, he saw defender William Paul and striker Martyn Coleman red carded for dissent.
“Even before the double sending off, which killed off any hope for us, I couldn’t see us winning that game,” he said.
“It was a lack of discipline. You cannot speak to a referee like that or you are going to get a red card.
“The two players concerned are both experienced and should have known better.”